Cloned dog a worry for Korean Bishops

Following the successful cloning of a dog at Seoul National University, the Bioethics Committee of the Korean Bishops has said that the cloning of animals increases the likelihood of cloned humans.

The University's veterinary science department announced the breakthrough on Wednesday.

The Leading The Charge website reports that Lee Chang-young, a member of the Bioethics Committee of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea, said using human eggsfrom women donors was an affront to the culture of life.

"I urge Dr. Hwang to focus on stem cell research ratherthan embryonic studies that involve human eggs," he told Reuters, cautioning: "The more animals are cloned, the more possibilities there are of creating a cloned human."

However Woo-Suk Hwang, the researcher responsible for the cloning claims that it is not cloning, but "a scientific activity called somatic nuclear transfer" that "does not involve the physiological process of fertilisation of eggs by sperm". Hwang and members of his team do not support human cloning, with US genetics expert Gerald Schatten - who is a member of the team - cloning that the "moral and ethical costs of producing a human clone were far too high".

Cloned dog raises ethical questions of its science (Leading the Charge 4/8/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Seoul National University | Prof. Hwang Woo-suk Clone First Pet Animal: A Dog

Vatican official denounces Korean cloning breakthrough (CathNews 23/5/05)

S Korea unveils first dog clone (BBC 3/8/05)
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5 Aug 2005